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In the newest volume of her World Fantasy Award-winning short story collections, beloved author Jane Yolen's dark side has fully emerged. Her vivid, startling, and thrilling tales and poems of the supernatural - from icy-hearted witches to sometimes-innocent shapeshifters - reveal a classic storyteller at the height of her powers.

Welcome to the Midnight Circus - and watch your step. The dark imaginings of fantasy icon Jane Yolen are not for the faint of heart. In these sixteen brilliantly unnerving tales and poems, Central Park becomes a carnival where you can - but probably shouldn't - transform into a wild beast. The Red Sea will be deadly to cross due to a plague of voracious angels. Meanwhile, the South Pole is no place for even a good man, regardless of whether he is living or dead. Wicked, solemn, and chilling, the circus is ready for your visit - just don't arrive late.

'Jane Yolen is the Hans Christian Andersen of America.' - The New York Times
Afterword by:  
Introduction by:  
Imprint:   Miscellaneous
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 215mm,  Width: 152mm, 
ISBN:   9781616963408
ISBN 10:   1616963409
Pages:   256
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Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Jane Yolen has been called the Hans Christian Andersen of America and the Aesop of the twentieth century. She is the author of over three hundred and sixty five books, including children's fiction, poetry, short stories, graphic novels, nonfiction, fantasy, and science fiction. Her publications include Owl Moon, The Devil's Arithmetic, Briar Rose, Sister Emily's Starship and Sister Light, Sister Dark. Among her many honors are the Caldecott and Christopher Medals, multiple Nebula, World Fantasy, Mythopoeic, Golden Kite, and Jewish Book awards; as well as the World Fantasy Association's Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Science Fiction Poetry Grand Master Award. Yolen is also a teacher of writing and a book reviewer. She lives in Western Massachusetts and St. Andrew, Scotland.

Reviews for Midnight Circus

Praise for the Jane Yolen Fantasy Collections With over 350 books, Jane Yolen is a legend in the world of children's and young-adult literature, but her acerbic and witty adult fiction and poetry offer their own pleasures. --Chicago Tribune These Tachyon volumes are an invaluable reminder of Yolen's central role in contemporary fantasy, and perhaps an equally invaluable starting point for readers. --Locus On The Midnight Circus Look this way, look that; blazing her consummate imagination against the shadows of human sorrow, Jane Yolen has done it again. She has produced a set of spectacles designed to keep us awake in the darkness. The Midnight Circus delights, confounds, and challenges. We read all the night long; we are not the same come dawn. --Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked and A Wild Winter Swan On The Emerald Circus [STARRED REVIEW] These delightful retellings of favorite stories will captivate newcomers and fans of Yolen as she once again delivers the magic, humor, and lovely prose that has attracted readers for years. --Library Journal [STARRED REVIEW] These highly entertaining retellings are perfect for teens fans of fairy tales and classic literature, though they are easily enjoyed without any background knowledge. --School Library Journal From Snow Queen to spaceship, The Emerald Circus is a delight. --Patricia A. McKillip, author of the Riddle-Master trilogy Jane Yolen facets her glittering stories with the craft of a master jeweller. Everything she writes, including The Emerald Circus, is original and timeless, deliciously creepy and disturbingly lovely. --Elizabeth Wein, author of Code Name Verity On How to Fracture a Fairy Tale This collection is Jane Yolen at her best, telling stories you've never seen before but have known all your life, and stories as familiar as your left hand that you barely recognize, spun from shadows and moonlight and breathed through silvered glass. This is magic. --Patricia C. Wrede, author of the Enchanted Forest Chronicles Each of the stories in this collection are light and fun making the entire collection a breezy read with genuine smile-inducing moments. --John DeNardo, Kirkus Yolen takes well-known fairy tales and splits them apart, sometimes leaving them still quite familiar and other times shining a light from an unfamiliar angle to reveal new truths and possibilities --Margo Kelly, author of Unlocked A master storyteller at her best. I've been a fan of Jane Yolen and fractured fairytales for years and this collection doesn't disappoint. --Chanda Hahn, bestselling author of Reign Praise for Jane Yolen The Hans Christian Andersen of America --Newsweek The Aesop of the twentieth century --The New York Times Jane Yolen is a gem in the diadem of science fiction and fantasy. --Analog One of the treasures of the science fiction community. --Brandon Sanderson, author of Mistborn There is simply no better storyteller working in the fantasy field today. She's a national treasure. --Terri Windling, author of The Wood Wife

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